The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a global education initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has released an e-book with an introduction by HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, vice chairperson and CEO of QF.
WISE also hosted a 90-minute online panel discussion launching the WISE special edition e-book ‘Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined: Thoughts and Responses from Education’s Frontline during the Covid-19 Pandemic and Beyond.’ in support of QF’s platform at the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) Global Goals week.
Announcing the launch of the e-book at the webinar Tuesday, Stavros N Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, said the release of the book was the fulfillment of the shared vision that quality education for all should be a reality, no matter what the circumstances are.
“This e-book presents real and true diversity of voices experiencing and reflecting on this crisis and its implications on education. The book has contributions from over 50 authors from around the world, including prime ministers, former prime ministers, CEOs, researchers and practitioners,” said Yiannouka.
“These are reflections on arguably the greatest education challenge in several generations. It also gives the optimism that this crisis will provide inferences for us to seize the opportunity to fundamentally rethink the why, what and how of the education,” he said.
During the panel discussion, some of the contributors of the e-book highlighted the challenges, difficulties and the experiences during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on education.
They also shared the lessons learnt, realities faced and the expectations about the education scenario in the post-Covid-19 scenario.
The panel discussion included: Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Asif Saleh, executive director, Building Resources Across Communities, Bangladesh; Marc Brackett, director of Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University; Rebecca Telford, chief, Education Section, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency; Stanaela Beckley, chair, Sierra Leone Teaching Services Commission and Daniela Labra Cardero, co-founder, Atentamente, Mexico.
The session was moderated by Dominic Regester from Salzburg Global Seminar and Julia Kirby, WISE.
Dr Asmaa al-Fadala, director of research and content development at WISE is one of the editors of the e-book while the foreword is written by Yiannouka.
The basis of the e-book is WISE’s successful convening series on the impact of Covid-19 on education – Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined – which through three virtual events featuring policymakers, thought leaders and practitioners from around the globe, has reached thousands of participants worldwide.
WISE has published this special edition e-book to document the experiences of key institutions on education’s frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Through contributions from authors representing NGOs, governments, international institutions and schools around the world, the book tells the education narrative during Covid-19 pandemic in real time.